Mayfield basketball coach humbled by community support after house fire
POSTED: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 5:17pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:43am
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Mayfield Head Basketball Coach Tommy Morrow said he is extremely humbled by the support from the community after losing his home to a fire Friday night.
Morrow said he rushed home after his team had won a district championship game and and found his home completely gutted by the fire.
"You'll hear the term 'Mayfield family' and we are experiencing that in a big way," Morrow said. "It's been unbelievable."
Doña Ana County firefighters responded to Riverwood Road near Mayfield High School within ten minutes at around 10 p.m. and nobody was home at the time.
Firefighters were able to control the fire but the home is a total loss.
Morrow said the parents of his team organized a car wash over the weekend and collected about $5,000.
"People are coming and are putting money in our pockets putting clothes on our back cause we literally have nothing."
Rival Las Cruces High School collected money for the Coach's family on Tuesday at their basketball game. The Las Cruces team wore green socks and the cheerleaders also wore green.
Las Cruces coach William Benjamin said "it could have been anyone's house. We just tried to come up with ways to help him through this tough time."
"We might be rivals on the court, but as a community we have to come together as a whole to help Coach Morrow" said Bulldawg player Malik Williams.
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